LeAnn Rimes Opens Up About Seeking Treatment For Anxiety, Depression: I Was 'Going Down a Dark Path'

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LeAnn Rimes performs “Throw My Arms Around the World” on Tamron Hall.

LeAnn Rimes dropped in to Wednesday's (Dec. 23) Tamron Hall to discuss seeking treatment for depression and anxiety, and how the support of her husband Eddie Cibran helped her heal.

When Hall asked the Grammy-winning singer where she saw her struggles going without help, Rimes was candid in her answer. "I mean, I think it was already going down a dark path, and I think it could have gone even darker," she shared. "I mean, there's no end to that darkness unless there's a true end to it, and I just didn't -- I had too much life left to live. But I definitely think that that darkness can pull you down even further once you're in it and so ... that defiance piece I think was just like, 'I want to I want to live. I know I'm supposed to be living for something.'"

The 38-year-old singer said entering treatment after nearly two decades of feeling like all eyes were constantly on her was "the best gift" she could've given herself. "I mean, like, I'd never been alone, really until being in treatment for anxiety and depression."

Rimes, who rose to fame as a pre-teen, said she needed to find a way to untangle herself from the feeling of being "constantly on" and embrace the parts of herself that she'd ignored along the way. "I needed to figure out how to unravel from that and really kind of gather those pieces and bring those back into wholeness. And all these pieces that I had rejected about myself, learn how to love them and bring them to the table and realize that they're all -- the totality of me is lovable," she said. It wasn't until she got help that the singer said she realized she was worthy of help and a happy life.

"Not until I got help was I able to see like, ‘Oh, all of me is worthy of this,’ and I think that self-worth piece, it's a key role in taking ourselves back and becoming whole," she told the host, adding that Take Two star Cibrian was part of her "liberation. ... He has given me the space and the love to really be able to step into my full self and has shown all of me love. ... And, you know, to see him fully be able to step in as a partner and be there for me throughout all of this, it's a beautiful thing. And now he's also with me in my joy. We've gotten to experience everything together."

Rimes added that though she's now happy, she still has days when she struggles. "I have my days just like everybody. I mean, come on. If we're not feeling right now, if you're not depressed a little bit or anxious a little bit, like, you know, I think you're not paying attention," the artist shared, as the global coronavirus pandemic rages on. "It's intense right now. ... We do have choice in our feelings and even in the darkest of moments, there's still something to find joy about."

In addition to opening up about her battle against depression and anxiety, the singer also offered up a moving performance of her hope-filled new single, "Throw My Arms Around the World." The song was released just days ago on  before she was revealed as the winner of season four of The Masked Singer.

Watch Rimes on Hall below.

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